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1st Edition

Project Management Framework

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ISBN 9789058093257
Published November 15, 2003 by CRC Press
300 Pages

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Book Description

This book covers the framework of project management, a discipline that is topical in many quarters. The aims of ‘Project Management Framework’ are to understand project management and to stimulate and contribute to a structured way of thinking in applying this discipline. In this work, a systems view to project management is described, based on the realization that management is a synthesis or inverse problem. One of the overriding reasons for writing this book was to counter the myriad of misconceptions and thinking errors that exist amount project management writers and practitioners. In addition, the usage of correct terminology and application of right level of thinking are discussed as factors contributing to the heart of more mature management practices.The subject matter is developed in this edition through looking at the fundamentals of projects and management and subsequently through studying the chronological development of the project life cycle. In order to support theory, numerous case examples from diverse industries are included. Aspects that are generally not available elsewhere are highlighted, whereas project management material that is readily available in other texts has been deliberately omitted.This book is intended to serve students, teachers and practitioners. As only very few prerequisites are needed apart from a basic interest in projects, some exposure to the discipline and a systematic thinking ability, this book serves a broad group of interested readers who want to know more about the discipline.

Table of Contents

Preface;About the author;A. OVERVIEW1. Introduction2. Projects and project life cycles3. What is project management?4. Systematic general problem solvingB. STARTING A PROJECT OFF5. Early project activities6. A project’s origin7. Objectives and constraints8. Project scopeC. OTHER LIFE CYCLE ACTIVITIES9. Other life cycle activitiesD. PROJECT EXAMPLES10. Movie making11. Organisational change12. Converting to a project-based organization13. Technical V non-technical projects14. Projects with ill-defined scope15. Fast-tracked projectsE. A FRESH LOOK AT PROJECT MANAGEMENT16. Systems thinking17. Stages ((phased) decomposition of projectsReferences;Subject index.

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